Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.
I love Port Charlotte, it’s what won me over to Bruichladdich when I didn’t like their unpeated malt so much. Thing is, a lot of them are matured in all sorts of weird and wonderful casks. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, not at all, I’ve quite enjoyed some of them.
But it’s also nice to be able to try the plain old spirit so this independent bottling, matured in a refill bourbon barrel gives us a chance to do so. It’s also got a decent amount of age to it to round out any edges.
Aged 12 years. 56.2% ABV. Matured in a refill bourbon barrel. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask #671.
Nose: Sweet, farmy peat. Lactic caramel. Ash. Brine. Teriyaki sauce. Charred lemons. Milk chocolate. Wintergreen. Peppermint. Celery salt.
Palate: Farmy peat. Lots of ash and brine, like a seaside bonfire. Toffee. Citric acid. Creme brulee. Pepper. Cloves. Menthol. Bitter green herbs.
Finish: Long. Ashy peat. Coal dust. Salt, lots of salt. Citrus zest. Menthol. Cough syrup.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a really lovely one. It kind of reminded me of the 15 year old Archives bottling I had a while back but a bit more mellow and easy drinking (but one could want that intensity with this range of flavours). Really great independent bottling showcasing a really well made spirit.